BA Musical Theatre
BA Musical Theatre - Year by Year
Technical classes will focus on acting, singing, dance and music in an environment that seeks to ground each student’s skill base. The wide range of project work provides opportunity for the integration of skills and creative thought with a focus on artistic growth. The full course is supported with one-to-one vocal training, repertoire coaching and entrepreneurial support.
Year 1 - Skill Base Overview
Dance - Jazz, Contemporary and Ballet dance classes focusing on technical
development and creative and expressive thought through movement (includes collaboration with the
Modern ballet students)
Voice - Voice work – spoken voice work developed by The Centre for Voice in Performance based on the work of Nadine George
One-to-one vocal lessons that support technical and artistic developments in the sung voice
Repertoire coaching sessions focusing on the developing of vocal style, awareness of repertoire portfolios and audition technique
Acting - Detailed text work focusing on establishing a solid process for grounding acting technique
Detailed accent and dialect work
Music - Weekly music theory class focusing on grounding theory knowledge and awareness of music terminology
Choir focusing on sight singing, ensemble skills and ability to respond to musical direction
Piano lab to develop awareness of harmony and composition at a keyboard
Instrumental lessons focusing on the development of musicianship, ensemble and solo instrumental skills
Supporting Studies - Critical and Contextual studies provides solid reference points and historical knowledge of theatre, musical theatre and film/TV, supporting students in their artistic and creative decisions
Artist in Development provides reflective, professional and entrepreneurial practices which underpin student learning throughout the three years
Year 2 - Project Overview
Alongside continuing skill base and artist in development process, year 2 the students work through points of synthesis between disciplines and material that challenges these points. There is guidance given in the integration of skills through project work and time and space allowed to develop a process for integrating these in a working context.
Through the year each student will be supported in the following projects:
Performance Theatre – a play that explores the use of text and character and
ensemble skills within a play.
Performance Musical Theatre – a series of excerpts of varying styles of musical theatre working through integrating the varying skills into context.
Shakespeare – guidance is given in heightened text through detailed text work and active workshops.
Actor-Musician Workshops – a workshop specifically looking at emerging actor musician work by exploring material where solo instruments are used to support the development of narrative and of character.
Year 2 also allow the first option to take a choice module offered either by
Musical Theatre department or across discipline from another department or faculty.
Year 3 - Synthesis in Performance
Through year 3 the students are encouraged to work as a company member through the production of all final year shows. Through the year each production is supported by a full design process, technical support and rehearsal process to recreate a professional experience. Each member of the production team is a working industry professional and the rehearsal environment and performances are structured to challenge each student in their development of technique and creative thought.
Through the year they will be supported through the following projects:
Contemporary Musical – a fully supported show that challenges the process of working on contemporary, stylized musical theatre.
Classic Book Musical– a fully supported show that explores the classic book musical canon.
Showcase – a supported Showcase that allows each student a chance to meet and perform for a cross section of Industry both in Glasgow, London and currently in development options for New York.
Choice Modules – student will continue to take choice module/s in year 3. An example of a musical theatre offered choice module - Actor-musician Project – a supported project that explores the use of instruments asell as text and movement as communication tools.